Friday, October 15, 2010

Light Bites - Buttered Sweet Potato Rolls

Another great Light Bites recipe, I have been having lots of fun with my group blogging.  I somehow managed to make these for Thanksgiving.  I am pretty proud of myself that I did with my new baby being only 5 days old.  Truthfully, Ally was at Grandma's and the two little ones were napping, so I cheated.  I found these easy to bake even though I did not knot them, I was running out of time.  I have a problem with buns because I always forget how long they are going to take when you factor in the rising time.  These are delicious but I can't taste the sweet potato.  Everyone at Thanksgiving dinner loved them and they were a perfect compliment to the squash soup my Mom made.

adapted from Cooking Light

1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup warm 2% reduced-fat milk (100° to 110°)
3/4 cup canned mashed sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
5 cups bread flour, divided
Cooking spray


Dissolve yeast in milk in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.  Add sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon butter, salt, and egg yolks, stirring mixture with a whisk.  Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 4 1/2 cups flour; stir until a soft dough forms.  Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel very soft and tacky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press 2 fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down. Cover and let rest 5 minutes.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough into 24 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), shape each portion into a 9-inch rope. Carefully shape rope into a knot; tuck top end of knot under roll. Place roll on a prepared pan.

Repeat procedure with remaining dough, placing 12 rolls on each pan. Lightly coat rolls with cooking spray; cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Uncover rolls. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes with 1 pan on bottom rack and 1 pan on second rack from top. Rotate pans; bake an additional 7 minutes or until rolls are golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped.

Remove rolls from pans; place on wire racks. Brush rolls with 2 tablespoons butter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. I think these are so perfect for Thanksgiving celebrations! I used pumpkin and couldn't taste it either. :(

  2. I am so glad that you liked these! I plan on having them for Thanksgiving, too : )